Atlantic Coast Conference

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Atlantic Coast Conference
Atlantic Coast Conference logo.svg
EstablishedMay 8, 1953;68 years ago (1953-05-08)
Association NCAA
Division Division I
Subdivision FBS
Members15
Sports fielded
  • 28 [1]
    • men's: 14
    • women's: 14
Region
Headquarters Greensboro, North Carolina
Commissioner James J. Phillips (since February 1, 2021)
Website www.theacc.com
Locations
ACC overview map 2012-13a.png

The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is a collegiate athletic conference located in the eastern United States. Headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina, the ACC's fifteen member universities compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)'s Division I. ACC football teams compete in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. The ACC sponsors competition in twenty-five sports with many of its member institutions held in high regard nationally. Current members of the conference are Boston College, Clemson University, Duke University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Florida State University, North Carolina State University, Syracuse University, the University of Louisville, the University of Miami, the University of North Carolina, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Virginia, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and Wake Forest University.

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ACC teams and athletes have claimed dozens of national championships in multiple sports throughout the conference's history. Generally, the ACC's top athletes and teams in any particular sport in a given year are considered to be among the top collegiate competitors in the nation. Additionally, the conference enjoys extensive media coverage. The ACC is one of the "Power Five" conferences, which had automatic qualifying for their football champion into the Bowl Championship Series (BCS). With the advent of the College Football Playoff in 2014, the ACC is one of the "Power Five" conferences with a contractual tie-in to a New Year's Six bowl game, the successors to the BCS.

The ACC was founded on May 8, 1953, by seven universities located in the South Atlantic States, with the University of Virginia joining in early December 1953 to bring the membership to eight. [2] The loss of South Carolina in 1971 dropped membership to seven, while the addition of Georgia Tech in 1979 for non-football sports and 1983 for football brought it back to eight, and Florida State's arrival in 1991 for non-football sports and 1992 for football increased the membership to nine. Since 2000, with the widespread reorganization of the NCAA, seven additional schools have joined, and one original member (Maryland) has left to bring it to the current membership of 15 schools. The additions in recent years extended the conference's footprint into the Northeast and Midwest.

ACC member universities represent a range of private and public universities of various enrollment sizes, all of which participate in the Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Consortium whose purpose is to "enrich the educational missions, especially the undergraduate student experiences, of member universities".

Locations of the Atlantic Coast Conference member institutions. Atlantic Coast Conference Map 2014.png
Locations of the Atlantic Coast Conference member institutions.

Member universities

Current members

The ACC has 15 member institutions from 10 states. Listed in alphabetical order, these 10 states within the ACC's geographical footprint are Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia. The geographic domain of the conference is predominantly within the Southern and Northeastern United States along the US Atlantic coast and stretches from Florida in the south to New York in the North and from Indiana in the west to Massachusetts farthest east.

In two sports, football and baseball, the ACC is divided into two non-geographic divisions of seven teams each, labeled the "Atlantic" and "Coastal" divisions. Notre Dame does not participate in ACC football and Syracuse does not participate in ACC baseball (the Orange dropped baseball as a varsity sport after the 1971 season), leaving 14 total ACC schools for each of those sports. For all other sports, the ACC operates as a single unified league with no divisions.

When Notre Dame joined the ACC, it chose to remain a football independent. However, its football team established a special scheduling arrangement with the ACC to play a rotating selection of five ACC football teams per season. For the 2020 season, due largely to the suspension of most non-conference games by other Power Five conferences due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, the ACC reached an agreement to allow Notre Dame to play a full, 10-game conference schedule and be eligible to play for the ACC championship. [3]

Since July 1, 2014, the 15 members of the ACC are:

InstitutionLocationFoundedJoinedTypeEnrollmentEndowment
(millions)
NicknameColors
Atlantic Division
Boston College Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts 18632005 Private 14,513$2,520 Eagles          
Clemson University Clemson, South Carolina 18891953 Public 24,387$774.5 Tigers          
Florida State University Tallahassee, Florida 18511991 [lower-alpha 1] 41,900$699.9 Seminoles          
University of Louisville Louisville, Kentucky 1798201422,640$719.8 Cardinals          
North Carolina State University Raleigh, North Carolina 1887195335,479$1,400 Wolfpack          
University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, Indiana 18422013Private12,292$13,800 Fighting Irish          
Syracuse University Syracuse, New York 187022,484$1,390 Orange     
Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, North Carolina 183419538,116$1,370 Demon Deacons          
Coastal Division
Duke University Durham, North Carolina 18381953Private15,892$8,610 Blue Devils          
Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, Georgia 18851979 [lower-alpha 2] Public32,718$2,170 Yellow Jackets          
University of Miami Coral Gables, Florida 19252004Private17,331$1,050 Hurricanes               
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, North Carolina 17891953Public29,847$3,670 Tar Heels          
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 17872013 State-related 28,664 [lower-alpha 3] $4,310 Panthers          
University of Virginia Charlottesville, Virginia 18191953Public24,360$9,600 Cavaliers          
Virginia Tech Blacksburg, Virginia 1872200433,403$1,358 Hokies          
  1. Although Florida State joined the ACC in 1991, it did not compete for the league's football championship until 1992. [4]
  2. Although Georgia Tech joined the ACC in 1979, it did not compete for the league's football championship until 1983. [5]
  3. Excludes enrollment at the university's four additional regional campuses, all of which have their own athletic programs. With those campuses added, the university's enrollment is 34,934. [6]

Former members

On July 1, 2014, the University of Maryland departed for the Big Ten Conference and the University of Louisville joined from the American Athletic Conference (formerly, the Big East Conference). In 1971, the University of South Carolina left the ACC to become an independent, later joining the Metro Conference in 1983 and moving to its current home, the Southeastern Conference, in 1991.

InstitutionLocationFoundedJoinedLeftTypeNicknameColorsCurrent
Conference
University of South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina 180119531971 Public Gamecocks           SEC
University of Maryland College Park, Maryland 185619532014 Public Terrapins                     Big Ten

Membership timeline

University of LouisvilleSyracuse UniversityUniversity of PittsburghUniversity of Notre DameBoston CollegeVirginia TechUniversity of MiamiFlorida State UniversityGeorgia Institute of TechnologyWake Forest UniversityUniversity of VirginiaUniversity of South CarolinaNorth Carolina State UniversityUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillUniversity of Maryland, College ParkDuke UniversityClemson UniversityAtlantic Coast Conference

Full membersNon-football members

History

Founding and early expansion

The ACC was established on June 14, 1953, when seven members of the Southern Conference left to form their own conference. [note 1] [7] These seven universities became charter members of the ACC: Clemson, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, South Carolina, and Wake Forest. They left partially due to the Southern Conference's ban on post-season football play that had been initiated in 1951. (Clemson and Maryland had both defied the Southern Conference's bowl rule following the 1951 season and were banned from playing other conference teams in the 1952 season). [8] After drafting a set of bylaws for the creation of a new league, the seven withdrew from the Southern Conference at the spring meeting on the morning of May 8, 1953, at the Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina. The bylaws were ratified on June 14, 1953, and the new conference was created. [9] The conference officials indicated a desire to add an eighth member, and candidates mentioned were Virginia and West Virginia. [10] On December 4, 1953, officials convened in Greensboro, North Carolina, and admitted Virginia, a former Southern Conference charter member that had been independent since 1937, into the conference. [11] Virginia's president Colgate Darden argued fiercely against joining the ACC or any conference, while UVA athletics director Gus Tebell argued in favor. [12] In the end, UVA's Board of Visitors approved joining the ACC by a vote of 6–3. [12]

In 1960, the ACC implemented a minimum SAT score for incoming student-athletes of 750, the first conference to do so. This minimum was raised to 800 in 1964, but was ultimately struck down by a federal court in 1972. [13]

On July 1, 1971, South Carolina left the ACC to become an independent.

Racial integration

Racial integration of all-white collegiate sports teams was high on the regional agenda in the 1950s and 1960s. Involved were issues of equality, racism, and the alumni demand for the top players needed to win high-profile games. The ACC took the lead. First they started to schedule integrated teams from the north. Finally ACC schools—typically under pressure from boosters and civil rights groups—integrated their teams. [14] With an alumni base that dominated local and state politics, society and business, the ACC flagship schools were successful in their endeavor—as Pamela Grundy argues, they had learned how to win:

The widespread admiration that athletic ability inspired would help transform athletic fields from grounds of symbolic play to forces for social change, places where a wide range of citizens could publicly and at times effectively challenge the assumptions that cast them as unworthy of full participation in U.S. society. While athletic successes would not rid society of prejudice or stereotype—black athletes would continue to confront racial slurs...[—minority star players demonstrated] the discipline, intelligence, and poise to contend for position or influence in every arena of national life. [15]

1978 and 1991 expansions

The ACC operated with seven members until the addition of Georgia Tech from the Metro Conference, announced on April 3, 1978, and taking effect on July 1, 1979, except in football, in which Tech would remain an independent until joining ACC football in 1983. The total number of member schools reached nine with the addition of Florida State, also formerly from the Metro Conference, on July 1, 1991, in non-football sports and July 1, 1992, in football. The additions of those schools marked the first expansions of the conference footprint since 1953, though both schools were still located with the rest of the ACC schools in the South Atlantic States.

2004–2005 expansion

The ACC added three members from the Big East Conference during the 2005 conference realignment: Miami and Virginia Tech joined on July 1, 2004, and Boston College joined on July 1, 2005, as the league's twelfth member and the first from the Northeast. The expansion was controversial, as Connecticut, Rutgers, Pittsburgh, and West Virginia (and, initially, Virginia Tech) filed lawsuits against the ACC, Miami, and Boston College for allegedly conspiring to weaken the Big East Conference.

2010–present

The ACC Hall of Champions opened on March 2, 2011, next to the Greensboro Coliseum arena, making the ACC the second college sports conference to have a hall of fame after the Southern Conference. [16] [note 2]

On September 17, 2011, Big East Conference members Syracuse University and the University of Pittsburgh both applied to join the ACC. [18] The two schools were accepted into the conference the following day, once again expanding the conference footprint like previous expansions. [19] Because the Big East intended to hold Pitt and Syracuse to the 27-month notice period required by league bylaws, the most likely entry date into the ACC (barring negotiations) was July 1, 2014. [20] However, in July 2012, the Big East came to an agreement with Syracuse and Pitt that allowed the two schools to leave the Big East on July 1, 2013. [21] [22]

On September 12, 2012, Notre Dame agreed to join the ACC in all conference sports except football as the conference's first member in the Midwestern United States. As part of the agreement, Notre Dame committed to play five football games each season against ACC schools beginning in 2014. [23] On March 12, 2013, Notre Dame and the Big East announced they had reached a settlement allowing Notre Dame to join the ACC effective July 1, 2013. [24]

On November 19, 2012, the University of Maryland's Board of Regents voted to withdraw from the ACC to join the Big Ten Conference effective in 2014. [25] The following week, the Big East's University of Louisville accepted the ACC's invitation to become a full member, replacing Maryland effective July 1, 2014. [26]

The ACC's presidents announced on April 22, 2013, that all 15 schools that would be members of the conference in 2014–15 had signed a grant of media rights (GOR), effective immediately and running through the 2026–27 school year, coinciding with the duration of the conference's then-current TV deal with ESPN. This move essentially prevents the ACC from being a target for other conferences seeking to expand—under the grant, if a school leaves the conference during the contract period, all revenue derived from that school's media rights for home games would belong to the ACC and not the school. [27] The move also left the SEC as the only one of the FBS Power Five conferences without a GOR. [28]

In July 2016, the GOR was extended through the 2035–36 school year, coinciding with the signing of a new 20-year deal with ESPN that would transform the then-current ad hoc ACC Network into a full-fledged network. The new network launched as a digital service in the 2016–17 school year and as a linear network in August 2019. [29]

Academics and ACCAC

Academic rankings

Among the major NCAA athletic conferences that sponsor NCAA Division I FBS football, including the current "Power Five conferences", the ACC has been regarded as having the highest academically ranked collection of members based on U.S. News & World Report [30] [31] [32] [33] [34] [35] and by the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate. [36] [37]

Academics and Research
SchoolEndowment [38]
(in 2017 US$ billions)
Major Faculty Awards [39] (total awards)Princeton Review Rating [40] (scale 60–99)US News US Ranking [41] Washington Monthly US Ranking [42] ARWU US Ranking [43] NTU US Ranking [44] CWTS Leiden US Impact Ranking [45] Scimago US Higher Education Ranking [46] URAP US Ranking [47] US News/QS World Rankings [48]
Boston College$2.4777006853757100138155123145339
Clemson$0.74180237870114156138110125123701
Duke$7.91117530921012201415141621
Florida State$0.681370968578170918110775431
Georgia Tech$2.09111021862931434741324570
Louisville$0.7122955691922211561191031051101001
Miami$1.021508778572776159584154252
North Carolina$3.43291119772923232023182180
North Carolina State$1.293743117584847172435756263
Notre Dame$10.7276531480152271101969387216
Pittsburgh$4.2002061380571433517132019142
Syracuse$1.33828711775428156138145172129501
Virginia$6.953380158728366153505546173
Virginia Tech$1.1460551073741910095536563367
Wake Forest$1.329255394277513686958588411

ACCAC and ACC academic network

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The members of the ACC participate in the Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Consortium (ACCAC), a consortium that provides a vehicle for inter-institutional academic and administrative collaboration between member universities. Growing out of a conference-wide doctoral student-exchange program that was established in 1999, the ACCAC has expanded its scope into other domestic and international collaborations. [49]

The stated mission of the ACCAC is to "leverage the athletic associations and identities among the 15 ACC universities in order to enrich the educational missions of member universities." To that end, the collaborative helps organize various academic initiatives, including fellowship and scholarship programs, global research initiatives, leadership conferences, and extensive study abroad programs. [50] Funding for its operations, 90% of which is spent on direct student support, is derived from a portion of the income generated by the ACC Football Championship Game and by supplemental allocations by individual universities and various grants. [51]

ACCAC academic programs

Major academic programs that have been implemented under ACCAC include:

The ACCAC also supports periodic meetings among faculty, administration, and staff who pursue similar interests and responsibilities at the member universities either by face-to-face conferences, video conferences, or telephone conferences. ACCAC affinity groups include those for International Affairs Officers, Study Abroad Directors, Teaching-Learning Center Directors, Chief Information Officers, Chief Procurement Officers, Undergraduate Research Conference Coordinators, Student Affairs Vice Presidents, Student Leadership Conference Coordinators, and Faculty Athletic Representatives To the ACC. [64]

Spending and revenue

Total revenue includes ticket sales, contributions and donations, rights/licensing, student fees, school funds, and all other sources including TV income, camp income, food, and novelties. Total expenses includes coaching/staff, scholarships, buildings/grounds, maintenance, utilities and rental fees, and all other costs including recruiting, team travel, equipment and uniforms, conference dues, and insurance costs.

Conference
Rank
(2016–17)
National Rank
(2016–17)
Institution2016-17 Total Revenue from Athletics [65] 2016-17 Total Expenses on Athletics [65]
113 Florida State University $144,514,413$143,373,261
222 University of Louisville $120,445,303$118,383,769
326 Clemson University $112,600,964$111,126,235
435 University of North Carolina $96,551,626$96,540,823
539 University of Virginia $92,865,175$100,324,517
644 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University $87,427,526$90,716,423
747 North Carolina State University $83,741,572$86,924,779
851 Georgia Institute of Technology $81,762,024$84,852,123
N/AN/A Boston College Not reportedNot reported
N/AN/A Duke University Not reportedNot reported
N/AN/A Syracuse University Not reportedNot reported
N/AN/A University of Miami Not reportedNot reported
N/AN/A University of Notre Dame Not reportedNot reported
N/AN/A University of Pittsburgh Not reportedNot reported
N/AN/A Wake Forest University Not reportedNot reported

Facilities

SchoolFootball stadiumCap.Soccer stadiumCap.Basketball arenaCap.Baseball stadiumCap.Softball stadiumCap.
Boston College Alumni Stadium 44,500 Newton Campus Soccer Field 1,100 Conte Forum 8,606 Eddie Pellagrini Diamond 2,500 Boston College Softball Field 1,000
Clemson Memorial Stadium 81,500 Riggs Field 6,500 Littlejohn Coliseum 9,000 Doug Kingsmore Stadium 6,524 McWhorter Stadium 1,000
Duke Wallace Wade Stadium 40,004 Koskinen Stadium 4,500 Cameron Indoor Stadium 9,314 Jack Coombs Field
Durham Bulls Park
2,000
10,000
Duke Softball Stadium1,300
Florida State Bobby Bowden Field
at Doak Campbell Stadium
79,560 Seminole Soccer Complex 2,000 Donald L. Tucker Center 13,800 Mike Martin Field
at Dick Howser Stadium
6,700 JoAnne Graf Field at the Seminole Softball Complex 1,000
Georgia Tech Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field 55,000Non-soccer school Hank McCamish Pavilion 8,600 Russ Chandler Stadium 4,157Shirley Clements Mewborn Field1,500
Louisville Cardinal Stadium 60,800 Dr. Mark & Cindy Lynn Stadium 5,300 KFC Yum! Center 22,090 Jim Patterson Stadium 4,000 Ulmer Stadium 2,200
Miami Hard Rock Stadium 65,326 Cobb Stadium 500 Watsco Center 7,972 Mark Light Field
at Alex Rodriguez Park
5,000Non-softball school
North Carolina Kenan Memorial Stadium 50,500 Dorrance Field 4,200 Dean Smith Center (M)
Carmichael Arena (W)
21,750
8,010
Boshamer Stadium 5,000 Anderson Stadium 500
North Carolina State Carter–Finley Stadium 57,583Dail Soccer Field3,000 PNC Arena (M)
Reynolds Coliseum (W)
19,722
5,500 [66]
Doak Field 3,000Dail Softball StadiumN/A
Notre Dame Notre Dame Stadium 80,795 Alumni Stadium 2,500 Edmund P. Joyce Center 9,149 Frank Eck Stadium 2,500Melissa Cook Stadium850
Pittsburgh Heinz Field 65,500 Ambrose Urbanic Field
at Petersen Sports Complex
735 Petersen Events Center 12,508 Charles L. Cost Field
at Petersen Sports Complex
900 Vartabedian Field
at Petersen Sports Complex
600
Syracuse Carrier Dome 49,262 SU Soccer Stadium 1,500 Carrier Dome 35,446Non-baseball schoolSoftball Stadium at Skytop650
Virginia Scott Stadium 61,500 Klöckner Stadium 8,000 John Paul Jones Arena 14,593 Davenport Field at Disharoon Park 5,500Palmer Park522
Virginia Tech Lane Stadium 65,632 Sandra D. Thompson Field 2,500 Cassell Coliseum 9,847 English Field 1,033+Tech Softball Park1,024
Wake Forest Truist Field 31,500 W. Dennie Spry Soccer Stadium 3,000 Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum 14,407 David F. Couch Ballpark 3,823Non-softball school

Sports

The Atlantic Coast Conference sponsors championship competition in thirteen men's and fourteen women's NCAA-sanctioned sports. [67] The most recently added sport was fencing, added for the 2014–15 school year after having been absent from the conference since 1980; Boston College, Duke, North Carolina, and Notre Dame participate in that sport. [68]

Since all ACC members (including non-football member Notre Dame) field FBS football teams, they are subject to the NCAA requirement that FBS schools field at least 16 teams in NCAA-recognized varsity sports. However, the ACC itself requires sponsorship of only four sports—football, men's basketball, women's basketball, and either women's soccer or women's volleyball. [69] All ACC members sponsor all five of the named sports except Georgia Tech, which sponsors women's volleyball but not women's soccer.

Teams in ACC Conference competition
SportMen'sWomen's
Baseball 14
Basketball 1515
Cross country 1515
Fencing 44
Field hockey 7
Football 15
Golf 1212
Lacrosse 58
Rowing 9
Soccer 1214
Softball 12
Swimming & diving 11.512
Tennis 1314
Track and field (indoor) 1515
Track and field (outdoor) 1515
Volleyball 15
Wrestling 6

Men's sponsored sports by school

Member-by-member sponsorship of the 13 men's ACC sports for the 2020–21 academic year.

SchoolBaseballBasket­ballCross countryFencingFootballGolfLacrosseSoccerSwimming & divingTennisTrack & field
(indoor)
Track & field
(outdoor)
WrestlingTotal ACC men's sports
Boston College Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgGreen check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgRed x.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svg11
Clemson Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg [lower-alpha 1] Red x.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Red x.svg Green check.svg Red x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg [lower-alpha 1] Green check.svg [lower-alpha 1] Red x.svg9
Duke Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgGreen check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg13
Florida State Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgRed x.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Red x.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Red x.svg9
Georgia Tech Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Red x.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Red x.svgRed x.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Red x.svg9
Louisville Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgRed x.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgRed x.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svg10
Miami Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgRed x.svg Green check.svg Red x.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svg [lower-alpha 2] Green check.svg Green check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svg7.5
North Carolina Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgGreen check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg13
North Carolina State Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgRed x.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgRed x.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg11
Notre Dame Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgGreen check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgGreen check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Red x.svg12
Pittsburgh Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgRed x.svg Green check.svg Red x.svgRed x.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg Green check.svg 9
Syracuse Red x.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgRed x.svg Green check.svg Red x.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Red x.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svg7
Virginia Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgRed x.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg12
Virginia Tech Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgRed x.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgRed x.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg11
Wake Forest Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgRed x.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgRed x.svg Green check.svg Red x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svg9
Totals1415154151251211.51315156151.5
  1. 1 2 3 Clemson will drop its men's program in the sport of athletics (i.e, cross country and track & field) after the 2020–21 school year. [70]
  2. Miami participates in diving only. For the purposes of this chart, Miami men's diving is counted as sponsoring half of the sport of men's swimming & diving.

Men's varsity sports not sponsored by the Atlantic Coast Conference which are played by ACC schools:

SchoolIce hockeyRifleRowing [lower-alpha 1] Sailing [lower-alpha 1] SkiingSquash [lower-alpha 1]
Boston College Hockey East nono NEISA EISA no
North Carolina Stateno GARC & SEARC [lower-alpha 2] nononono
Notre Dame Big Ten nonononono
Syracuse ESCHL [lower-alpha 1] [lower-alpha 3] no EARC nonono
VirginianononononoMASC [71]
  1. 1 2 3 4 Not governed or recognized by the NCAA.
  2. Co-ed Rifle Team
  3. Not recognized by Syracuse University as a varsity team.

Women's sponsored sports by school

Member-by-member sponsorship of the 14 women's ACC sports for the 2020–21 academic year.

SchoolBasketballCross countryFencingField hockeyGolfLacrosseRowingSoccerSoftballSwimming & divingTennisTrack & field
(indoor)
Track & field
(outdoor)
VolleyballTotal ACC women's sports
Boston College Green check.svg Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg14
Clemson Green check.svg Green check.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgRed x.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg10
Duke Green check.svg Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg14
Florida State Green check.svg Green check.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgGreen check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg10
Georgia Tech Green check.svg Green check.svg Red x.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgRed x.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg 8
Louisville Green check.svg Green check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg13
Miami Green check.svg Green check.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg10
North Carolina Green check.svg Green check.svgGreen check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg14
North Carolina State Green check.svg Green check.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg10
Notre Dame Green check.svg Green check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgGreen check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg13
Pittsburgh Green check.svg Green check.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgRed x.svg [lower-alpha 1] Red x.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg Green check.svg 8
Syracuse Green check.svg Green check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg Green check.svg Red x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg11
Virginia Green check.svg Green check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg13
Virginia Tech Green check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svg Green check.svg Green check.svg Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg11
Wake Forest Green check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRed x.svgRed x.svg Green check.svg Red x.svgRed x.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg9
Totals151547128914131214151515169
  1. Pitt to add women's lacrosse beginning in the 2022 season (2021–22 school year). [72]

    Women's varsity sports not sponsored by the Atlantic Coast Conference which are played by ACC schools:

    SchoolBeach volleyballGymnasticsIce hockeyRifleSailing [lower-alpha 1] SkiingSquash [lower-alpha 1]
    Boston Collegenono Hockey East no NEISA EISA no
    Florida State CCSA nononononono
    North Carolinano EAGL nonononono
    North Carolina Stateno EAGL no GARC & SEARC [lower-alpha 2] nonono
    Pittsburghno EAGL nonononono
    Syracusenono CHA nononono
    VirginianonononononoMASC [73]
    1. 1 2 Not governed or recognized by the NCAA.
    2. Co-ed Rifle Team

    Current champions

    * - Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, championships for several fall sports were pushed to the spring of 2021. However, the ACC did allow limited conference play during the fall of 2020. The football season was played in its entirety during the fall.

    SeasonSportMen's
    champion
    Women's
    champion
    Fall 2020*Cross country [74] Notre Dame NC State
    Field hockey [75] North Carolina
    Football [76] Clemson
    Soccer Clemson [77] Florida State [78]
    Volleyball [79] Louisville
    Winter 2020-21Basketball Georgia Tech [80] NC State [81]
    Fencing [82] Duke Duke
    Swimming & diving Louisville [83] Virginia [84]
    Track & field (Indoor) [85] Virginia Tech Florida State
    Wrestling NC State [86]
    Spring 2021Baseball [87] Duke
    Softball [88] TBD
    Golf Clemson [89] Duke [90]
    LacrosseTBD North Carolina [91]
    Rowing [92] Virginia [93]
    Tennis Virginia [94] North Carolina [95]
    Track & field (outdoor) [96] TBDTBD

      Football

      The ACC is considered to be one of the Power Five conferences, all of which receive automatic placement of their football champions into one of the six major bowl games. Seven of its members claim football national championships in their history, with two having won the now-defunct Bowl Championship Series (BCS) during its existence between 1998 and 2014 and one having won under the current College Football Playoff (CFP) system. Five of its members are among the top 25 of college football's all-time winningest programs. [97] Three ACC teams, Florida State, Miami, and Clemson, are listed in the top 10 of most successful football programs since 2000.

      Divisions and scheduling

      In 2005, the ACC began divisional play in football. The ACC is the only NCAA Division I conference whose divisions are not divided geographically (e.g., north–south, East/West), [98] but rather into Atlantic and Coastal (as above). Division leaders compete in the ACC Championship Game to determine the official conference title, which guarantees a berth in a New Year's Six bowl game. The inaugural Championship Game was played on December 3, 2005, in Jacksonville, Florida, at the venue then known as Alltel Stadium, in which Florida State defeated Virginia Tech to capture its 12th championship since it joined the league in 1992. Notre Dame began playing several ACC teams each year in 2014, but is not considered a football member and is not eligible to play in the ACC Championship Game. [99]

      The current division structure leads to each team playing the following games:

      For the 2020 season, changes were made to the football schedule model due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The use of divisions was suspended, with conference games being scheduled on a regional basis. The top two teams by winning percentage against conference opponents will advance to the ACC Championship Game. All teams will play 10 conference games, and may play one non-conference game of their choice as long as the game is played in-state. In addition, Notre Dame will play an ACC conference schedule and also be eligible to play in the ACC Championship Game. [3]

      Bowl games

      Within the College Football Playoff, the Orange Bowl serves as the home of the ACC champion against Notre Dame or another team from the SEC or Big Ten. If the conference's champion is selected for the CFP, another ACC team will be chosen in their place.

      The other bowls pick ACC teams in the order set by agreements between the conference and the bowls.

      Beginning in 2014, Notre Dame is eligible for selection as the ACC's representative to any of its contracted bowl games. The ACC's bowl selection will no longer be bound by the rigidity of a "one-win rule" but will have a general list of criteria to emphasize regionality and quality matchups on the field. A one-win rule does apply to Notre Dame's participation in the ACC Bowl structure. Notre Dame is now eligible for ACC Bowl selection beginning with the Outback Bowl and continuing through the league's bowl selections. However, Notre Dame must be within one win of the ACC available team which has the best overall record, in order to be chosen. In other words, if an ACC team was 9–3, a 7-5 Notre Dame team could not be chosen in its place. Notre Dame would have to be 8–4 to be chosen over a 9-3 league team. For the 2020 season, Notre Dame is competing for the ACC conference championship and is eligible for all games, including the Orange Bowl.

      Order of selection for ACC bowl participants [104]
      PickNameLocationOpposing ConferenceOpposing Pick
      1* Orange Bowl Miami Gardens, Florida SEC, Big Ten or Notre Dame -
      Tier One All have equal selection status
      2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9 Outback Bowl** Tampa, Florida SEC TBD [105]
      Cheez-It Bowl Orlando, Florida Big 12 3 [106]
      Sun Bowl El Paso, Texas Pac-12 5 [107]
      Duke's Mayo Bowl Charlotte, North Carolina SEC or Big Ten TBD [108]
      Gator Bowl Jacksonville, Florida SEC
      Pinstripe Bowl The Bronx, New York Big Ten
      Holiday Bowl San Diego, California Pac-12
      Military Bowl Annapolis, Maryland The American
      Fenway Bowl Boston, Massachusetts The American
      Tier Two One ACC school will be selected to play in one of the following games
      10
      Gasparilla Bowl St. Petersburg, Florida The American TBD
      Birmingham Bowl Birmingham, Alabama C-USA, MAC TBD
      First Responder Bowl Dallas, Texas TBDTBD

      * If the ACC Champion is not in one of the semifinal games it will appear in the Orange Bowl or, if the Orange Bowl is a semifinal site, either the Peach Bowl or the Fiesta Bowl. There is no limit on how many teams the College Football Playoff may choose from a particular conference.

      ** Only if the ACC opponent in the Orange Bowl, in a non-semifinal year is a team from the Big Ten, a maximum of three times in six years.

      National championships

      Although the NCAA does not determine an official national champion for Division I FBS football, several ACC members claim national championships awarded by various "major selectors" of national championships as recognized in the official NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision Records. [109] Since 1936 and 1950 respectively, these include what are now the most pervasive and influential selectors, the Associated Press poll and Coaches Poll. In addition, from 1998 to 2013 the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) used a mathematical formula to match the top two teams at the end of the season. The winner of the BCS was contractually awarded the Coaches' Poll national championship and its AFCA National Championship Trophy as well as the MacArthur Trophy from the National Football Foundation. Maryland won one championship as a member of the ACC in 1953.

      SchoolClaims of non-poll
      "major selectors"
      Associated PressCoaches PollBowl Championship SeriesCollege Football Playoff
      Clemson1981, 2016, 20181981, 2016, 20182016, 2018
      Florida State1993, 1999, 20131993, 1999, 20131999, 2013
      Georgia Tech1917, 1928, 19521990
      Miami1983, 1987, 1989, 1991, 20011983, 1987, 1989, 20012001
      Pittsburgh1915, 1916, 1918, 1929, 1931, 1934, 1936 [lower-alpha 1] 1937, 19761976
      Syracuse19591959
        1. A "list of college football's mythical champions as selected by every recognized authority since 1924" was printed in Sports Illustrated in 1967. [110] Together with the 1976 national championship which would come later, the national championship selections listed by Sports Illustrated have since served as the historical basis of the university's national championship claims. [111] For the 1934 season, the Sports Illustrated article included a selection by Parke Davis, then deceased, which had appeared the 1935 edition of the annual Spalding's Football Guide under Davis' byline. The 1934 selection is not documented in the Official NCAA Football Records Book with the rest of Pitt's claimed seasons, although additional major selections for Pitt, which are not claimed by the university, are listed in 1910, 1980, and 1981. [112] College Football Data Warehouse recognizes nine championships for Pitt (1910, 1915, 1916, 1918, 1929, 1931, 1936, 1937, and 1976) [113] out of the 16 years which it has documented that Pitt was named as a national champion by various selectors. [114]

        Basketball

        History

        The early roots of ACC basketball began primarily thanks to two men: Everett Case and Frank McGuire. Case accepted the head coaching job at North Carolina State. Case's North Carolina State teams dominated the early years of the ACC with a modern, fast-paced style of play. He became the fastest college basketball coach to reach many "games won" milestones. Case became known as The Father of ACC Basketball. Despite his success on the court, he may have been even a better promoter off-the-court. Case realized the need to sell his program and university. State started construction on Reynolds Coliseum in 1941. Case persuaded school officials to expand the arena to 12,400 people. It opened as the new home court for his team in 1949; at the time, it was the largest on-campus arena in the South. As such, it was used as the host site for many Southern Conference Tournaments, ACC Tournaments, and the Dixie Classic . The Dixie Classic brought in large revenues for all schools involved and soon became one of the premier sporting events in the South.

        Partly to counter Case's success, North Carolina convinced Frank McGuire to come to Chapel Hill in 1952. McGuire knew that, largely due to Case's influence, basketball was now the major high school athletic event of the region. He not only tapped the growing market of high school talent in North Carolina, but also brought several recruits from his home territory in New York City as well. Case and McGuire literally invented a rivalry. Both men realized the benefits created through a rivalry between them. It brought more national attention to both of their programs and increased fan support on both sides.

        After State was slapped with crippling NCAA sanctions before the 1956–57 season, McGuire's North Carolina team delivered the ACC its first national championship. During the Tar Heels' championship run, Greensboro entrepreneur Castleman D. Chesley noticed the popularity that it generated. He cobbled together a five-station television network to broadcast the Final Four. That network began broadcasting regular season ACC games the following season—the ancestor of the television package from Raycom Sports. From that point on, ACC basketball gained large popularity.

        The ACC has been the home of many prominent basketball coaches besides Case and McGuire, including Terry Holland and Tony Bennett of Virginia; Vic Bubas and Mike Krzyzewski of Duke; Press Maravich, Norm Sloan and Jim Valvano of North Carolina State; Dean Smith and Roy Williams of North Carolina; Bones McKinney of Wake Forest; Lefty Driesell and Gary Williams of Maryland; Bobby Cremins of Georgia Tech; Jim Boeheim of Syracuse; and Rick Pitino of Louisville.

        Tournament as championship

        Possibly Case's most lasting contribution is the ACC Tournament, which was first played in 1954 and decides the winner of the ACC title. The ACC is unique in that it is the only Division I college basketball conference that does not officially recognize a regular season champion. This started when only one school per conference made the NCAA tournament. The ACC representative was determined by conference tournament rather than the regular season result. Therefore, the league eliminated the regular season title in 1961, choosing to recognize only the winner of the ACC tournament as conference champion. Fans and media do claim a regular-season title for the team that finishes first, and the NCAA recognizes a regular-season title winner in order to maintain its system of choosing NIT and NCAA tournament berths based on regular season placement. [115] For the ACC, the unofficial crowning of a regular season champion is insignificant as a 1975 NCAA rule change allowed more than one team per conference to earn a bid to the NCAA Tournament. As a result, the team finishing atop the ACC regular-season standings has invariably been invited to the NCAA Tournament even if it did not win the ACC Tournament. Even so, any claim to a regular season "title" remains unofficial and carries no reward other than top seed in the ACC tournament.

        Historically, the ACC has been dominated by the four teams from Tobacco Road in North Carolina—North Carolina, Duke, North Carolina State and Wake Forest. Between them, they have won 50 tournament titles. They have also won or shared 59 regular season titles, including all but four since 1981. The Virginia Cavaliers, however, won the regular season titles in 2014 and 2015, becoming the first ACC team besides Duke or North Carolina to solely win back-to-back regular season titles since 1974.

        Present-day schedule

        For 53 years, the ACC employed a double round-robin schedule in the regular season, in which each team played the others twice a season. With the expansion to 12 members by the 2005–2006 season, the ACC schedule could no longer accommodate this format. In the new scheduling format that was agreed to, each team was assigned two permanent partners and nine rotating partners over a three-year period. [116] Teams played their permanent partners in a home-and-away series each year. The rotating partners were split into three groups: three teams played in a home-and-away series, three teams played at home, and three teams played on the road. The rotating partner groups were rotated so that a team would play each permanent partner six times, and each rotating partner four times, over a three-year period.

        For the 2012–13 season, the 12-team in-conference schedule expanded to 18. Originally for the 2013–14 season, the expanded 14-team, 18-game schedule was to consist of a home and away game with a "primary partner" while the remaining conference opponents would have rotated in groups of three: one year both home and away, one year at home only, and one year away only. [117] However, when Notre Dame was also added for the 2013–14 season, the now 15-team, 18-game schedule was modified so each school played two "Partners" home and away annually, two home and away, five home, and the other five away. [118] In 2013–14, after 1 year at 18 games, women's basketball went back to a 16-game schedule where each team only plays 2 teams twice, rotating opponents each year over seven years and has no permanent partners.

        The ACC and the Big Ten Conference have held the ACC–Big Ten Challenge each season since 1999. The competition is a series of regular-season games pitting ACC and Big Ten teams against each other. Each team typically plays one Challenge game each season, except for a few teams from the larger conference that are left out due to unequal conference sizes. The first ACC–Big Ten Women's Challenge was played in 2007, and has the same format as the men's Challenge.

        National championships and Final Fours

        Over the course of its existence, ACC schools have captured 15 NCAA men's basketball championships while members of the conference. North Carolina has won six, Duke has won five, NC State has won two, and Maryland and Virginia have each won one. Four more national titles were won by current ACC members while in other conferences—three by 2014 arrival Louisville and one by 2013 arrival Syracuse; Louisville was forced to vacate the third national title due to NCAA sanctions. Seven of the 12 pre-2013 members have advanced to the Final Four at least once while members of the ACC. Another pre-2013 member, Florida State, made the Final Four once before joining the ACC. All three schools that entered the ACC in 2013, as well as Louisville, advanced to the Final Four at least once before joining the conference.

        Also notable are earlier national championships from historical eras prior to the dominance of the NCAA-administered championship. The ACC is often credited with forcing the NCAA tournament to expand to allow more than one team per conference, creating the at-large NCAA field common today. [119] The Helms Athletic Foundation selected national champions for seasons predating the beginning of the NCAA tournament (1939), including North Carolina, Notre Dame, Pitt, and Syracuse. Prior to the at-large era (1975), the National Invitation Tournament championship had prestige comparable to the NCAA championship, and Louisville, North Carolina, Maryland, and Virginia Tech won titles during this period (later NIT titles are not considered consensus national championships). [120]

        In women's basketball, ACC members have won three national championships while in the conference, North Carolina in 1994, Maryland in 2006, and Notre Dame in 2018. Notre Dame, which joined in 2013, also previously won the national title in 2001. In 2006, Duke, Maryland, and North Carolina all advanced to the Final Four, the first time a conference placed three teams in the women's Final Four. Both finalists were from the ACC, with Maryland defeating Duke for the title.

        SchoolPre-NCAA Helms Champ­ionshipsNCAA Men's Champ­ionshipsMen's NCAA
        Runner-Up
        Men's NCAA Final FoursNCAA Women's Champ­ionshipsWomen's NCAA
        Runner-Up
        Women's NCAA Final Fours
        North Carolina1
        (1924)
        6
        [o 1]
        5
        (2016, 1981, 1977, 1968, 1946)
        20
        [o 2]
        1
        (1994)
        3
        (2007, 2006, 1994)
        Duke5
        (2015, 2010, 2001, 1992, 1991)
        6
        [o 3]
        16
        [o 4]
        2
        (2006, 1999)
        4
        (2006, 2003, 2002, 1999)
        Louisville3
        (2013*, 1986, 1980) [o 5]
        10
        [o 6]
        2
        (2013, 2009)
        3
        (2018, 2013, 2009)
        Syracuse2
        (1926, 1918)
        1
        (2003)
        2
        (1996, 1987)
        6
        [o 7]
        1
        (2016)
        1
        (2016)
        North Carolina State2
        (1983, 1974)
        3
        (1983, 1974, 1950)
        1
        (1998)
        Virginia1
        (2019)
        3
        (2019, 1984, 1981)
        1
        (1991)
        3
        (1992, 1991, 1990)
        Georgia Tech1
        (2004)
        2
        (2004, 1990)
        Notre Dame2
        (1936, 1927)
        1
        (1978)
        2
        (2018, 2001)
        4
        (2019, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011)
        7
        [o 8]
        Florida State1
        (1972)
        1
        (1972)
        Wake Forest1
        (1962)
        Pittsburgh2
        (1930, 1928)
        1
        (1941)

        Italics denotes honors earned before the school joined the ACC. Women's national championship tournaments prior to 1982 were run by the AIAW.

        1. North Carolina has won the NCAA men's championship six times (2017, 2009, 2005, 1993, 1982, 1957)
        2. North Carolina has reached the Final Four 20 times (2017, 2016, 2009, 2008, 2005, 2000, 1998, 1997, 1995, 1993, 1991, 1982, 1981, 1977, 1972, 1969, 1968, 1967, 1957, 1946)
        3. Duke has been the men's NCAA runner-up 6 times (1999, 1994, 1990, 1986, 1978, 1964)
        4. Duke has reached the Final Four 16 times (2015, 2010, 2004, 2001, 1999, 1994, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1986, 1978, 1966, 1964, 1963)
        5. Louisville's third national title, in 2013, was vacated in 2018 due to NCAA sanctions.
        6. Louisville has reached the Final Four 10 times (2013*, 2012*, 2005, 1986, 1983, 1982, 1980, 1975, 1972, 1959). Two Final Four appearances (2013, 2012) were later vacated due to NCAA sanctions.
        7. Syracuse has reached the Final Four six time (2016, 2013, 2003, 1996, 1987, 1975)
        8. Notre Dame has reached the Women's Final Four 7 times (2018, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2001, 1997)

        Baseball

        ACC Baseball is divided into the Atlantic and Coastal Divisions (as above). These divisions parallel the divisions of ACC football except with Notre Dame replacing Syracuse, the only ACC school which does not field a baseball team, within the Atlantic Division, giving both divisions seven teams. Louisville replaced Maryland in the Atlantic Division beginning with the 2015 season.

        Eight ACC teams were selected to play in the 2019 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament, with Florida State and Louisville advancing to the College World Series. The ACC has won the College World Series twice: by the Virginia Cavaliers in 2015 and by Wake Forest in 1955. In addition, Miami won four titles before joining the ACC, [121] and South Carolina has won two titles since leaving the league. Current member schools have appeared in the College World Series a combined total of 93 times (including appearances before joining the conference). In 2016, the ACC was ranked as the top baseball conference by Rating Percentage Index (RPI); the conference has ranked among the top three by this measure each of the past 10 years. [122]

        College World Series / NCAA Tournament History
        SchoolCollege
        World Series
        Championships
        College
        World Series
        Appearances
        Last CWS
        Appearance
        NCAA
        Tournament
        Appearances
        Last NCAA
        Appearance
        Miami †2001, 1999,
        1985, 1982
        252016462019
        Virginia201542015172017
        Wake Forest195521955142017
        Florida State †232019572019
        Clemson122010442019
        North Carolina112018322019
        Boston College †4196782016
        Georgia Tech32006322019
        Louisville †52019132019
        Duke3196182019
        NC State22013312019
        Notre Dame †22002222015
        Virginia Tech0n/a102013
        Pittsburgh0n/a31995

        ^ Syracuse does not currently field a baseball team but has one appearance in the NCAA baseball tournament prior to joining the conference.
        † The count of College World Series appearances includes those made by the school prior to joining the ACC:

        Field hockey

        The ACC has won 20 of the 36 NCAA Championships in field hockey. Maryland won 8 as a member of the ACC.

        National Championships
        SchoolTotalNCAA Women's
        Championships
        North Carolina 81989, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2007, 2009, 2018, 2019
        Wake Forest 32002, 2003, 2004
        Syracuse 12015

        Golf

        Of the current ACC members, 12 sponsor men's golf and 10 sponsor women's golf. Four team national championships in men's golf and seven national titles in women's golf have been won by ACC members while in the conference, led by the Duke women's team that has won seven national titles since 1999. In addition, two more team national titles, one in men's golf and one in women's golf, have been won by current ACC members before they joined the conference.

        National Championships
        SchoolMen's Team NCAAMen's Individual NCAAWomen's Team NCAAWomen's Individual NCAA
        Clemson2003 Charles Warren 1997
        Duke2019, 2014, 2007,
        2006, 2005, 2002,
        1999
        Candy Hannemann 2001,
        Virada Nirapathpongporn 2002,
        Anna Grzebian 2005,
        Virginia Elana Carta 2016
        Georgia TechWatts Gunn 1927,
        Charles Yates 1934,

        Troy Matteson 2002
        Miami1984 Penny Hammel 1983
        North Carolina Harvie Ward 1949,
        John Inman 1984
        North Carolina State Matt Hill 2009
        VirginiaDixon Brooke 1940
        Wake Forest1986, 1975, 1974 Curtis Strange 1974,
        Jay Haas 1975,
        Gary Hallberg 1979
        Notre Dame1944

        Lacrosse

        Since 1971, when the first men's national champion was determined by the NCAA, the ACC has won 15 NCAA championships, more than any other conference in college lacrosse. Virginia has won seven total national championships, North Carolina has won five, and Duke has won three. Former ACC member Maryland won two national championships as an ACC member. In addition, prior to the establishment of the NCAA tournament, Maryland had won nine national championships while Virginia won two. Syracuse, which joined the ACC in 2013, won ten NCAA-sponsored national championships, the most ever by any Division I lacrosse program, before joining the conference. Since 1987, the only years in which the national championship game did not feature a current ACC member were 2015 and 2017.

        Women's lacrosse has only awarded a national championship since 1982, and the ACC has won more titles than any other conference. In all, the ACC has won 14 women's national championships: Maryland has won eleven as an ACC member, Virginia has won three and North Carolina has won two.

        National Championships & Runner-Up Finishes
        UniversityMen's NCAA
        Championships
        Men's NCAA
        Runner-Up
        Pre-NCAA Men's ChampionshipsWomen's NCAA
        Championships
        Women's NCAA
        Runner-Up
        Virginia 2021, 2019, 2011,
        2006, 2003, 1999,
        1972
        1996, 1994, 1986,
        1980
        1970, 1952 2004, 1993, 1991 2007, 2005, 2003,
        1999, 1998, 1996
        North Carolina 2016, 1991, 1986,
        1982, 1981
        1993 2016, 2013 2009
        Duke 2014, 2013, 20102018, 2007, 2005
        Syracuse 2009, 2008, 2004,
        2002, 2000, 1995,
        1993, 1990*, 1989,
        1988, 1983
        2013, 2001, 1999,
        1992, 1985, 1984
        1925, 1924, 1922,
        1920
        2021, 2014, 2012
        Notre Dame 2014, 2010
        Boston College 2021 2019, 2018, 2017

        Italics denotes championships before it was part of the ACC.
        * Syracuse vacated its 1990 championship due to NCAA violations.

          Soccer

          Twelve of the fifteen ACC schools sponsor men's soccer — a higher proportion than any of the other Power Five conferences. Only the three southernmost ACC schools — Georgia Tech, Florida State, and Miami — do not sponsor soccer. Virginia has won 7 NCAA titles, and more since 1990 than any other university in the country. The ACC overall has won 16 national championships, including 16 of the 31 seasons between 1984 and 2014. Seven by Virginia and the remaining nine by Maryland (3 times), Clemson (twice), North Carolina (twice), Duke, Wake Forest, and Notre Dame.

          In women's soccer, North Carolina has won 21 of the 39 NCAA titles since the NCAA crowned its first champion, as well as the only Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) soccer championship in 1981. The Tar Heels have also won 22 of the 33 ACC tournaments. They lost in the final to North Carolina State in 1988 and Virginia in 2004, both times by penalty kicks. The 2010 tournament was the first in which they failed to make the championship game, falling to eventual champion Wake Forest in the semi-finals. The 2012 ACC tournament saw North Carolina's first quarterfinal loss, to the eventual champion Virginia; however, the Tar Heels went on to win the national title that season. In 2014, Florida State became the first school other than North Carolina to win the national championship as an ACC member. Notre Dame won three NCAA titles before it joined the ACC in 2013. The 2020 NCAA tournament, in which Florida State was national runner-up, was delayed until the spring of 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, but is listed as 2020 to distinguish it from the fall of 2021 season.

          National Championships & Runner-Up Finishes
          SchoolMen's NCAA ChampionshipsMen's NCAA
          Runner-Up
          Women's NCAA
          Championships
          Women's NCAA
          Runner-Up
          AIAW
          Virginia 2014, 2009, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 198919972014
          North Carolina2011, 2001200821
          [o 1]
          2001, 1998, 19851981
          Clemson1987, 19841979, 2015
          Notre Dame 20131995, 2004, 20101994, 1996, 1999, 2006, 2008
          Wake Forest 20072016
          Duke19861995, 19822011, 1992
          Florida State2014, 2018 2007, 2013, 2020
          Louisville2010
          NC State1988
          1. North Carolina has won 21 NCAA Championships (2012, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2003, 2000, 1999, 1997, 1996, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1984, 1983, 1982)

          Commissioners

          Commissioner John Swofford John Swofford.JPG
          Commissioner John Swofford
          NameTerm
          Jim Weaver [123] 1954–1970
          Bob James [124] 1971–1987
          Gene Corrigan 1987–1997
          John Swofford [125] [126] 1997–2021
          James J. Phillips [127] [128] 2021–Present

          NCAA team championships

          The Virginia Cavaliers lead the ACC in NCAA men's titles with 21, while the North Carolina Tar Heels lead in women's titles with 32 and in overall NCAA titles with 45. [129] Excluded from this list are all national championships earned outside the scope of NCAA competition, including Division I FBS football titles, women's AIAW championships, equestrian titles, and retroactive Helms Athletic Foundation titles.

          SchoolTotalMenWomenCo-edNicknameMost successful sport (titles)
          North Carolina 45 13320 Tar Heels Women's soccer (21)
          Virginia 29 2180 Cavaliers Men's soccer (7), Men's lacrosse (7)
          Notre Dame 19 766 Fighting Irish Fencing (10)
          Duke 17 980 Blue Devils Women's golf (7)
          Syracuse 15 1410 Orange Men's lacrosse (10)
          Wake Forest 9 630 Demon Deacons Field hockey, Men's golf (3)
          Florida State 9 450 Seminoles Men's gymnastics, Men's outdoor track (2)
          Boston College 6 510 Eagles Men's ice hockey (5)
          Miami 5 410 Hurricanes Baseball (4)
          Clemson 3 300 Tigers Men's soccer (2)
          Louisville 2 200 Cardinals Men's basketball (2)
          NC State 2 200 Wolfpack Men's basketball (2)
          Georgia Tech 1 010 Yellow Jackets Women's tennis (1)
          Pittsburgh 0000 Panthers N/A
          Virginia Tech 0000 Hokies N/A
          Total16190656

          See also: List of NCAA schools with the most NCAA Division I championships, List of NCAA schools with the most Division I national championships, and NCAA Division I FBS Conferences

          Capital One Cup standings

          The Capital One Cup is an award given annually to the best men's and women's Division I college athletics programs in the United States. Points are earned throughout the year based on final standings of NCAA Championships and final coaches' poll rankings. Virginia has twice (2015 and 2019) finished first for men's sports, while Notre Dame (2014) has once, and North Carolina (2013) has once finished first on the women's side.

          The following table displays ACC top 20 finishes in the Capital One Cup.

          School YearMenWomen
          2010–11 [130] Virginia Cavaliers (2nd place)
          North Carolina Tar Heels (11th place)
          Florida State Seminoles (12th place)
          Duke Blue Devils (13th place)
          Notre Dame Fighting Irish (5th place)
          North Carolina Tar Heels (9th place)
          Duke Blue Devils (16th place)
          2011–12 [131] North Carolina Tar Heels (5th place) Duke Blue Devils (5th place)
          Florida State Seminoles (14th place)
          Notre Dame Fighting Irish (14th place)
          Virginia Cavaliers (16th place)
          Syracuse Orange (17th place)
          2012–13 [132] Duke Blue Devils (5th place)
          North Carolina Tar Heels (9th place)
          Syracuse Orange (9th place)
          Notre Dame Fighting Irish (12th place)
          North Carolina Tar Heels (1st place)
          Duke Blue Devils (11th place)
          Notre Dame Fighting Irish (18th place)
          2013–14 [133] Notre Dame Fighting Irish (1st place)
          Virginia Cavaliers (4th place)
          Florida State Seminoles (5th place)
          Duke Blue Devils (8th place)
          North Carolina Tar Heels (10th place)
          Virginia Cavaliers (12th place)
          Duke Blue Devils (13th place)
          Florida State Seminoles (14th place)
          Notre Dame Fighting Irish (19th place)
          2014–15 [134] Virginia Cavaliers (1st place)
          Duke Blue Devils (6th place)
          Notre Dame Fighting Irish (9th place)
          Florida State Seminoles (4th place)
          North Carolina Tar Heels (7th place)
          Virginia Cavaliers (11th place)
          Syracuse Orange (17th place)
          Duke Blue Devils (18th place)
          Notre Dame Fighting Irish (18th place)
          2015–16 [135] North Carolina Tar Heels (2nd place)
          Clemson Tigers (5th place)
          Syracuse Orange (11th place)
          Virginia Cavaliers (15th place)
          North Carolina Tar Heels (4th place)
          Syracuse Orange (4th place)
          Florida State Seminoles (10th place)
          Duke Blue Devils (13th place)
          Virginia Cavaliers (17th place)
          2016-17 [136] North Carolina Tar Heels (3rd place)
          Clemson Tigers (6th place)
          Wake Forest Demon Deacons (11th place)
          North Carolina Tar Heels (9th place)
          Boston College Eagles (12th place)
          2017-18 [137] Duke Blue Devils (3rd place)
          North Carolina Tar Heels (13th place)
          Wake Forest Demon Deacons (20th place)
          Florida State Seminoles (5th place)
          Notre Dame Fighting Irish (7th place)
          Duke Blue Devils (10th place)
          North Carolina Tar Heels (15th place)
          Boston College Eagles (17th place)
          2018–19 [138] Virginia Cavaliers (1st place)
          Clemson Tigers (6th place)
          Duke Blue Devils (14th place)
          Notre Dame Fighting Irish (17th place)
          North Carolina Tar Heels (3rd place)
          Florida State Seminoles (4th place)
          Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10th place)
          Boston College Eagles (16th place)
          Duke Blue Devils (17th place)

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          1. It was the second major conference that evolved from the Southern Conference, following the departure of Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Louisiana State, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Sewanee, Tennessee, Tulane, and Vanderbilt to form the Southeastern Conference.
          2. The Southern Conference Hall of Fame opened in 2009. [17]

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